Over 50 years of experience. That's some serious flying hours.

History

Our story begins with the dream of one man and continues with the dream of every pilot to own an Enstrom.  Follow our timeline below to learn more about our passion for flight and commitment to quality, safety and value.

1957

Homebuilt Helicopter in 1957

A photo of Rudy Enstrom testing one of his homebuilt helicopters in a quarry in the Upper Peninsula town of Crystal Falls, Michigan. This shows his third attempt in the winter of 1957. An iron mine mechanic with little knowledge of helicopter design, Rudy was able to patent three designs that were initially used to design this aircraft.

1960

Employees Test the Experimental F-27 in 1960Founder Rudy Enstrom, President Jack Christensen and Salesman Fred Hill try out N195D, a two-bladed experimental helicopter called the F-27. October 1960. Photo taken by Enstrom Engineer Al Ballauer.

1967

Enstrom at Le Mans 24 Hour Race in France in 1967Enstrom reputation reaches France at the Le Mans 24-hour race, possibly the most famous motorsports race in the world.

1975

280C HelicopterThe Enstrom 280C, FAA certified in 1975 and recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the 25 best designs of that year.

1980

F28-F Cattle HerdingEnstrom introduces the F28F Falcon as the workhorse of the Enstrom fleet. This helicopter serves police forces, agricultural sprayers, training organizations, utility workers, private fliers and wildlife conservationists around the world. FAA Certified in 1980, the F28F has a long history as a safe, hard working, quality product.

1993

480 HelicopterThe 480 series of Enstrom turbine helicopters were introduced upon FAA certification in November 1993. It quickly established itself as the best value-for-the-money aircraft in the light turbine class.

2004

480-B Helicopter Over River

In 2004, Enstrom delivered 18 – 480B’s to the Indonesian National Police.

2010

Japanese Ground Self Defense Force Helicopter

Enstrom delivers the first of 30 – 480B’s to the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force for pilot training.

2011

Royal Thai Army HelicoptersEnstrom delivers 10 of the 10 480B helicopters to the Royal Thai Army to be used for advanced pilot training.

2012RTA Serial 5137

Enstrom completes the order for the Royal Thai Army by delivering 16 helicopters. Work begins on the Japan contract, with eight helicopters delivered by the end of the year.

The year ends with Enstrom being purchased by Chongqing Helicopter Investment Co., Ltd. (CQHIC). Orders are placed from three Chinese companies for ten aircraft.

2013Argentina 480B Oct 2013

Enstrom delivers the second ten helicopters to Japan to complete the requirements for 2013; a further ten aircraft are to be delivered in 2014. Argentina receives two, to be used as Emergency Medical Services vehicles. A contract is signed with Venezuela to deliver 16 training helicopters.

The company also undertakes an expansion project, doubling the size of its facility and increasing its workforce. The new space is scheduled for completion in early 2014.